There is a very important factor when it comes to experience in resumes: it’s not necessary to fill your entire job record in your resume. Include job experiences that are relevant to the position, instead all your past jobs; if not it will seem that you are not the professional profile that employers are looking for.
What a concise and eye-catching resume needs is the experience and education that can be related to the field and position you are applying for. If you are aiming for a career in architecture and you once started a cupcake business you don’t have to include it in your resume, even if the business was a huge success, it won’t help you if you are not applying for an entrepreneurship position.
When writing about your experience, follow a consistent, easy-to-read format.
We suggest you follow this example:
US Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC (1993-1999).
For each job you’ve had, include your title, company name, city, state and the years you worked there.
Don’t include the months, as this may highlight any gaps in employment.
Below this first line, describe your typical daily duties in one or two sentences. But don’t on duties or responsibilities. You want to emphasize achievements, effective projects and other good things you did on each job.
So, your description for a typical job might look like this:
WWW Radio 107 (CBS), Southfield, MI (1994-1995).
Handled spot radio sales involving business-to-business, sports and retail accounts.
- Served as marketing/advertising consultant to businesses.
- Grew account billings from $10,000/month to $60,000/month in under one year.
- Worked on radio, Yellow Pages, direct mail and TV campaigns.
Note for recent graduates from college or high school
If you don’t have much work experience, be sure to make the most of your education and training. For example: in your Profile section, include 5-10 of the classes that are most relevant to the job you seek. You can also include volunteer work in your experience section; work is work, even if you didn’t get paid for it!
While there are exceptions to these rules, this format gives you a lot of flexibility to describe your experience in an effective manner.
If you want to get more ideas or if you want to check a specific field, you can go through our list of categories and find some resume templates there so you can use any of them and make an outstanding cv.